Panaji: BJP leader Manohar Parrikar is all set to take otah as Chief Minister of Goa at Raj Bhawan at 5.15 pm today. On Monday morning Parrikar gave his resignation as Defence Minister to Prime Minister.
“I have tendered my resignation as defence minister and have sent it to the PMO. I will be taking the oath (as Goa chief minister) tomorrow evening, along with the cabinet ministers,” Parrikar told PTI.
Mr. Parrikar, along with members of his Cabinet, will be sworn in by Governor Mridula Sinha, said sources in the Goa government here.
“Around eight to nine ministers including two each from the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashta Gomantak Party and two independents will be sworn in. Two or three ministers from BJP (including Parrikar) too will take the oath,” BJP’s Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI.
“Among the BJP legislators, (current) deputy CM Francis D’Souza and another legislator whose name would be announced tomorrow morning will be sworn in,” he said.
According to a Raj Bhavan communication issued here late on Sunday evening, Mr. Parrikar had been asked to prove his majority by convening a session of the Assembly within 15 days of taking oath.
BJP sources reiterated here that a majority of the Cabinet berths are expected to be offered to the coalition partners.
The BJP, which came second by winning 13 seats in the 40-member assembly managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority and derail the Congress, which had emerged as the largest party with 17 seats.
Three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party, three from the MGP and two Independents have pledged their support to Parrikar. The lone NCP MLA was also claimed to have extended support.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took on the twiiter accusing BJP and wrote, A party that comes second has no right to form the government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur.’
A party that comes second has no right to form the Government. BJP stealing elections in Goa and Manipur.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 13, 2017
On the other hand Congress leader, Digvijay Singh also lashes out BJP and tweeted,“Money Power has won over People’s Power. I apologise to the People of Goa as we couldn’t muster the support to form the Government (sic).”
Money Power has won over People's Power. I apologise to the People of Goa as we couldn't muster the support to form the Govt.
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) March 13, 2017
Governor Mridula Sinha has invited Parrikar to form the government after he produced letter of support of 21 MLAs, though the BJP finished as the second-largest party behind the Congress, bagging merely 13 seats against 17 of the Congress.
Parrikar was accompanied by GFP leader Vijai Sardesai and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar when he met Governor Sinha and staked the claim to form the government.
BJP president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his cabinet colleague Nitin Gadkari would be present at the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan today.
(With inputs from PTI)